Mueller report examines '10 episodes' of potential obstruction by Trump - Barr

The Mueller Report: Watch Live Stream of AG William Barr's Press Conference

The Mueller Report: Watch Live Stream of AG William Barr's Press Conference

"I look forward to working with you on a mutually agreeable date".

Nadler also said he's "deeply troubled" by reports that the White House is being briefed on the Mueller report ahead of its release.

The much anticipated final report from special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed in 2017 to investigate whether Donald Trump treasonously colluded with Russian Federation to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton, was finally released on Thursday morning.

"Barr's regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality", wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a joint statement released on Twitter. Mueller was not present at the briefing.

Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that the special counsel's 23-month Russian Federation investigation showed that neither President Trump nor anyone else on his team colluded with Russia's efforts to meddle in the USA election.

On Thursday, Barr strongly reiterated the Mueller probe found no evidence of any type of coordination between American citizens, including the president and his campaign officials, and the Russian government with the objective to interfere with the 2016 election.

"We now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign, or the knowing participation of any other American", Barr said.

The New York Times reported earlier Wednesday that the Justice Department had discussed the report with the White House on several occasions in the lead-up to Thursday.

Barr pushed back against a reporter's assertion that he was "generous" to the president in his comments today. He also said an ongoing investigation of the matter by the Department of Justice's inspector general would likely be concluded in May or June of this year.

"There were no redactions done by anyone outside this group", Barr said, referring to the Justice Department, the special counsel's office, and the intelligence community. "The redactions are their work product", Barr added.

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He's played 90 games. "You don't want to see a guy get hurt". "You just put in your full effort and hope for the best result". Both players received 5-minute fighting majors. "Now we're focused on moving forward here".

"President Trump faced an unprecedented situation", Barr said.

House judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from NY, said Wednesday he will "probably find it useful" to call Mueller and members of his team to testify after reading the version of the report Barr releases.

The dense report, released in a non-searchable PDF on the Justice Department's website just after 11 a.m. ET Thursday, shows that Mueller and his team had a more hard time determining whether the president obstructed justice. One Louisiana state senator - Democrat John Milkovich - says the Mueller report reveals there was no campaign collusion or obstruction of justice on the part of Donald Trump.

After the press conference, the 400 pages will be released on CD to congress.

"That is the bottom line", Barr said.

"Knockout", read a text message from Rudy Giuliani, one of the president's attorneys, to reporters after Barr finished speaking. But Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the judiciary committee, defended Barr and accused Democrats of "trying to spin the report".

But the Special Counsel Robert Mueller identified 10 occasions when the president may have obstructed justice - one of the high crimes and misdemeanours as set out by the United States constitution that can lead to impeachment.

Nadler, the panel's chairman, has refrained from issuing subpoenas for the special counsel's full document, noting he plans to wait for the attorney general to release the document to do so.

Claiming that Barr has been working to hamper and whitewash the Russian Federation report, Democrats will push for still more details and testimony in the near future - including from Mueller himself.

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